On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Specifying & Achieving Desired Extrusion Performance

In Conjunction with SAE

Since 2012, the usage of extruded aluminum shapes in North American light vehicles has grown by more than 50%, to over 25 pounds per vehicle. Today, aluminum extrusions can be found in applications as varied as crush cans, trim members, rocker sections and seat backs – each with a unique set of performance requirements. As automotive aluminum extrusion applications continue to grow, engineers seeking optimized performance are increasingly going beyond the “shorthand” of alloy and temper designation and specifying the desired microstructure for the final component.

This 60-minute Webinar will explore:

  • How various automotive applications require differing underlying microstructure for optimal performance
  • How alloy chemistry and extrusion processing parameters can be manipulated to yield distinctive microstructure
  • How to effectively specify microstructure, and the critical variables to consider.

Mini cases will be used to illustrate successful application of microstructure specification.

An audience Q&A will follow the technical presentation.


Mark Butterfield, Chairman, AEC Automotive Team, Vice President Engineering & Manufacturing, Magnode Corporation


Lisa Arrigo, SAE International